Bellator cuts Dillon Danis after raking in $100K from his boxing debut

In a recent development reported by MMA insider Ariel Helwani, Bellator MMA has officially severed ties with Dillon Danis. Danis transitioned from Jiu-jitsu to MMA in 2018, and exclusively competed under the Bellator banner during his brief tenure.

Unfortunately his career saw a hiatus since 2019, with numerous attempts at a comeback thwarted by various setbacks.

The 30-year-old faced off against Logan Paul in Misfits Boxing’s PPV event on October 14. The match concluded with Danis being disqualified after being thoroughly outclassed.

This lackluster performance left a significant dent in his standing within the combat sports community, evident in the widespread reactions to his defeat.

In a recent update on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), Helwani disclosed the news of Dillon Danis’ release from Bellator. His statement reads:

“Dillon Danis is a free agent. Bellator officially released Danis this weekend, sources say.”

Reports suggest that Danis had to pay a hefty $100,000 penalty to Bellator for competing e Logan Paul. This penalty clause was triggered as Showtime and Bellator have an ongoing TV agreement. The match took place under Showtime’s immediate rivals Misfits Boxing and DAZN.

Danis currently has a professional MMA record of 2-0. Notably, both of his victories under the Bellator banner were secured via submission. His most recent bout was against Max Humphrey at Bellator 222 in June 2019.

While Danis has expressed interest in competing for the UFC in recent times, the likelihood of the organization extending an offer remains slim for now.

Danis recently tweeted: “We about to make a lot of money @danawhite 🤝💰”

Dillon Danis’ departure from Bellator marks a significant turn in his career. The challenges he faced in his recent matches raise questions about his future trajectory in the sport.